The 2013/14 Premier League season looks like it will be one of transition, change and surprises. With many personnel changes at most teams as well as three teams leaving and three joining the league, we may face a completely different year to the one we have just waved goodbye to.
With Sir Alex Ferguson, David Moyes, Rafael Benitez, Tony Pulis & Roberto Mancini all leaving current Premier League teams, these five teams will already be moving into a period of transition under a manager who will most likely take a different approach to the previous manager in order to stamp his authority and presence on the team and league.
With Sir Alex retiring, Old Trafford alone will be a very different place to what it was and some teams may feel that for a few years, it will not be the fortress it once was. With only Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea winning at the Theatre of Dreams this campaign, other managers may feel it is a good time to pick up at least a point at the toughest away venue in the League.
In other cases, Jose Mourinho looks like he will be returning to West London and enjoy a second spell as manager of Chelsea. With the Portuguese man in pole position to take over from the tremendously successful – yet hated – Rafa Benitez, Chelsea fans may feel that they can once again make tracks towards regaining the hot seat at the top of the Premier League and bring the title back to London.
Manchester City have money to waste and whoever takes over at the Etihad, be it Pellegrini or not, will face a lot of stick and pressure if he does not succeed. He will have the wealth of the world at his feet and only Chelsea, PSG, Monaco and possible Galatasaray to compete with the stupid, in my opinion, wages and transfer fees the club can afford.
In the case of Stoke, I only hope that they bring in a manager for them that can get them playing football and not the long ball, hoof game we have become accustomed to seeing at the Brittania Stadium.
The next Everton manager will have a tough act to follow. Despite Moyes not winning a trophy, the Scotsman achieved a tremendous feat by competing with the top clubs on such a low budget. He will do well in Manchester, given time and the next Toffees boss will be as well backed, within means.
Here are my predictions for next year:
Champions – Chelsea
Champions League – Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham
5th, 6th, 7th – Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton
Relegation – West Ham, Hull and Stoke
I also do hope that my team, Tottenham, manage to hold onto Gareth Bale over this summer as well as purchasing a few top class players to help us enjoy a good League campaign and also compete well in the Europa League, FA Cup & Capital One Cup. A piece of silverware would be brilliant and I for one would take that above almost anything. Enjoy the summer of football and the transfer window as well.